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“The main goal of our project is to support pregnant, breastfeeding women and single mothers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We work with women from the remote Bash-Kayindy village of At-Bashy District in the Naryn region.” – Nurzida Monoldorova from the Women’s Council of Naryn City.


UCA is committed to working on empowering local communities as well as developing partnerships with government in building a better understanding of the role of civil society. Since 2017, UCA’s Civil Society Initiative has been fostering an enabling policy and administrative environment for civil society in Central Asia, and assisting the development of a broad spectrum of civil society actors.

Previously, CSI also organised a workshop on “Citizen Engagement with Open Government Data” in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The event was aimed at raising awareness of civil society organisations of the importance of Open Government Partnership (OGP), and strengthening the capacity of participants to monitor the implementation of the "Achyk Okmot" National Action Plan for 2018-2020 to build an Open Government in Kyrgyzstan. Since civic engagement is the keystone of OGP, CSI strives to support civil society actors to help them better use the OGP process, monitor implementation of Government’s commitments and promote their own advocacy agenda.

CSI’s initial geographical focus is Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, with a long-term goal to expand to other countries of Central Asia. Through extensive rural and urban outreach, it aims to facilitate an exchange of knowledge through community networks.

This text was adapted from an article published on the UCA website.